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Paua - Single Review: Play By Your Rules

01 Nov 2017 // A review by Andrew Smit

Paua’s latest single Play By Your Rules is so smooth and catchy, driven along with the hipest reggae beat that warms your heart and gets you bopping along instantly.

Loaded with the most soulful and harmonious choral singing you could imagine, it's upbeat and fun with a very island come summer reggae feel. I love the sweet little sax solo that pops up early in the track, it all just makes you feel good.

The beauty of the music almost belies the songs subject matter of class and demographic divide, the lyrics are topical and very thought provoking with comments like “while so many struggle just to get a piece of bread, the rich seem to never have enough”.

Overall this delightful track is stimulating and refreshing, where the upbeat feel and its cool melody keep you enlightened and hooked, while its significant lyrical message is compelling and meaningful.


Review written by Andrew Smit

About Paua

BRED IN AOTEAROA - CREATED IN BRISBANE

Harmony and melody, floating on deep grooves and rhythms - Paua brings natural reggae staples for the soul. Bred in Aotearoa - created in Brisbane, this eight piece collective bridges the gap between the urban life we live, and the idyllic life we dream of living. Blending a diverse spectrum of influences into the unique Pauareggae sound, Paua music will capture your heart, feed your mind and make you move your feet.

Two years ago Paua recorded an hour long live music set for a local Brisbane radio station, and since then, Paua music has been making it's way to live stages around Australia, and radio airwaves around the world. The tracks "Coming Home" and "Sticks and Stones" have been featured on radio in Australia, at home in New Zealand, and as far away as Hawaii. Paua have shared the stage and the airwaves with some of the biggest names in Australian, Aotearoa and world reggae, gathering new fans, friends and family along the way.

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Releases

Paua
Year: 2011
Type: Album

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